Grosses

'Captain America 2' Still #1 with $26.6M; 'Heaven is for Real' Breaks Out with $21.5M; 'Transcendence' BombsApril 20, 2014 08:48 AM

by Daniel Garris

Disney's Captain America: The Winter Soldier took in an estimated $26.61 million this weekend to lead the weekend box office for a third consecutive frame. The blockbuster 3D superhero sequel from Marvel is set to surpass the $200 million domestic milestone on Sunday, making it the second release of 2014 to reach the milestone (The LEGO Movie being the first). Captain America: The Winter Soldier was down 36 percent from last weekend, which indicates that strong word of mouth is really starting to kick in for the film. With a 17-day take of $201.53 million, Captain America: The Winter Soldier is now running 20 percent ahead of the $167.92 million 17-day gross of last year's Thor: The Dark World and will soon surpass that film's final domestic gross of $206.36 million.

Fox's Rio 2 held steady in second place with an estimated $22.5 million. The 3D computer animated sequel from Blue Sky Studios was down 43 percent from last weekend. That represented a harsher second weekend decline than 2011's Rio experienced, when it fell 33 percent to gross $26.32 million. Rio 2 has grossed $75.36 million through ten days of release. That is 7 percent softer than the $80.81 million ten-day take of Rio, but Rio 2 is still performing well in its own right, especially when considering its strength overseas. With the lack of high-profile animated releases entering the marketplace between now and June 13, when Fox releases How to Train Your Dragon 2, Rio 2 is likely to stabilize going forward.

Heaven is for Real exceeded its rapidly rising expectations this weekend with an estimated third place start of $21.5 million. The low-budget faith-based drama from Sony has grossed $28.53 million in its first five days of release. With a five-day to three-day ratio of 1.33 to 1, Heaven is for Real clearly built up momentum once the weekend arrived, as moviegoers were in the mood to catch the film over Easter weekend. The five-day start for Heaven is for Real was an impressive 12 percent stronger than the $25.39 million five-day launch of The Last Song over Easter weekend back in 2010.

Heaven is for Real took in $7.85 million on Good Friday, increased 5 percent on Saturday to take in $8.26 million and is estimated to fall 35 percent on Sunday to gross $5.39 million. The film's estimated opening weekend to Friday ratio of 2.74 to 1 is extremely strong for a faith-based film over Easter weekend and is a good early sign going forward. The film's A rating on CinemaScore is also a strong sign for the film. The audience breakdown for Heaven is for Real skewed heavily towards female moviegoers (62 percent) and slightly towards moviegoers 35 years and older (51 percent).

On the other end of the box office spectrum, Warner's Transcendence bombed this weekend with an estimated fourth place start of just $11.15 million. The pricey sci-fi film starring Johnny Depp had been widely expected to get off to a lackluster start this weekend, but the film was ultimately unable to live up to its relatively modest expectations for a film of its cost. Clearly, the film's largely negative critical reviews didn't help matters this weekend. The opening weekend performance of Transcendence was quite similar to the $11.59 million launch of Grindhouse over Easter weekend back in 2007.

Transcendence opened with $4.85 million on Friday (with an alarmingly high $850,000 of that total coming from Thursday night shows), fell a harsh 21 percent on Saturday to take in $3.82 million and is estimated to slide 35 percent on Sunday to gross $2.49 million. The film's estimated opening weekend to Friday ratio of 2.30 to 1 is soft for a film aimed at adult audiences over Easter weekend. The audience breakdown for the film skewed towards male moviegoers (56 percent) and moviegoers over the age of 25 (56 percent). Transcendence looks to fade away from theatres quickly, especially with it having received a disappointing C+ rating on CinemaScore.

Also off to a lackluster start this weekend was Open Road's A Haunted House 2. The low-budget horror comedy sequel starring Marlon Wayans debuted in fifth with an estimated $9.1 million. That was below pre-release expectations and was a disappointing 50 percent softer than the $18.10 million start of last year's A Haunted House. A Haunted House 2 opened with $4.04 million on Friday, fell 25 percent to take in $3.03 million on Saturday and is estimated to fall 33 percent on Sunday to gross $2.03 million. That places the film's estimated opening weekend to Friday ratio at just 2.25 to 1. A Haunted House 2 received an underwhelming B- rating on CinemaScore and is extremely likely to be front-loaded towards its opening weekend performance.

The weekend's other new wide release, Bears, debuted in eleventh with an estimated $4.77 million. The latest nature documentary from Disneynature opened softer than was widely anticipated and 20 percent below the $6.00 million start of African Cats over Easter weekend back in 2011. However, it should be noted that African Cats did have the added advantage of having Earth Day fall on its opening Friday. With Earth Day falling this coming Tuesday, Bears is likely to hold up nicely during the midweek. The film received a strong A rating on CinemaScore.

Weekend Actuals (Domestic) Fri, May. 24 - Sun, May. 26

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Fast & Furious 6$97,375,245--3,658--$26,620$97,375,2451Universal
2The Hangover Part III$41,671,198--3,555--$11,722$53,460,6611Warner Bros.
3Star Trek Into Darkness$37,291,016-47%3,90739$9,545$146,117,5822Paramount
4Epic$33,531,068--3,882--$8,638$33,531,0681Fox
5Iron Man 3$19,324,592-46%3,424-813$5,644$367,407,1164Disney
6The Great Gatsby (2013)$13,543,283-43%3,090-460$4,383$114,270,1743Warner Bros.
7The Croods$1,219,930-60%1,008-1365$1,210$179,243,21810Fox / DreamWorks Animation
8Pain and Gain$642,829-80%1,003-1426$641$48,556,7015Paramount

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Mud$1,947,683-13%712-248$2,736$14,555,3195Roadside Attractions
242 (2013)$1,258,667-55%915-1465$1,376$91,063,1177Warner Bros.
3Oblivion (2013)$869,990-63%572-1505$1,521$87,335,1556Universal
4Oz: The Great and Powerful$651,513-25%401-134$1,625$232,214,56412Disney
5G.I. Joe: Retaliation$440,068-24%346-63$1,272$121,088,0939Paramount
6The Iceman$367,555-21%25893$1,425$1,352,3384Millennium Entertainment
7Tyler Perry Presents Peeples$312,263-86%485-1556$644$8,788,6283Lionsgate
8Escape From Planet Earth$254,4234%346-347$735$55,957,76415Weinstein Company
9The Big Wedding$228,154-81%265-1178$861$21,084,6305Lionsgate
10Identity Thief$207,570-3%187-54$1,110$134,257,03516Universal
11Olympus Has Fallen$161,264-62%209-257$772$97,679,51010FilmDistrict
12The Place Beyond the Pines$160,957-48%128-189$1,257$20,955,7849Focus
13The Call$155,008-28%166-63$934$51,556,92911Sony / TriStar
14Jack the Giant Slayer$107,293-54%185-65$580$64,968,99413Warner Bros. / New Line
15Scary Movie 5$66,987-84%171-337$392$31,369,8987Weinstein / Dimension
16Tyler Perry's Temptation$59,624-32%131-19$455$51,935,9169Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Frances Ha$549,775300%6056$9,163$754,4762IFC Films
2Before Midnight$246,914--5--$49,383$246,9141Sony Pictures Classics
3Love Is All You Need$217,334215%6341$3,450$422,3054Sony Pictures Classics
4Kon-Tiki$163,6394%643$2,557$664,1365Weinstein Company
5Renoir$147,42828%75-5$1,966$1,695,6829IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
6What Maisie Knew$141,778343%2723$5,251$259,6574Millenium Entertainment
7The Company You Keep$134,645-40%96-127$1,403$4,750,1488Sony Pictures Classics
8Stories We Tell$128,458-2%263$4,941$722,8543Roadside Attractions
9Hubble 3D$76,40925%18-1$4,245$38,378,884167Warner Bros. / IMAX
10At Any Price$71,981152%8143$889$262,3325Sony Pictures Classics
11The Sapphires$69,083-30%61-41$1,133$2,108,78710Weinstein Company
12Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's$68,01060%3713$1,838$291,8424eOne Films US
13The Reluctant Fundamentalist$61,160-9%51-7$1,199$440,8635IFC Films
14Fill the Void$59,164--3--$19,721$59,1641Sony Pictures Classics
15To the Arctic 3D$50,8941%520$979$12,621,59658Warner Bros. / IMAX
16Ginger & Rosa$46,02414%4517$1,023$967,58411A24
17Filly Brown$43,57980%29-10$1,503$2,818,0206Lionsgate / Pantelion
18Snitch (2013)$35,402-68%93-60$381$42,908,31514Lionsgate / Summit
19We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks$27,689--4--$6,922$27,6891Focus World
20Quartet$25,04116%30-12$835$18,234,98320Weinstein Company
21Spring Breakers$24,784150%7059$354$14,081,27111A24
22In the House$23,860-56%21-15$1,136$354,2446Cohen Media Group
23The Angels' Share$23,83744%23-2$1,036$282,0097IFC Films
24Born to Be Wild 3D$23,11845%300$771$22,690,779112Warner Bros. / IMAX
25Rangeelay$22,882-69%200$1,144$139,0742Eros International
26The Host (2013)$22,092-80%59-172$374$26,609,4489Open Road
27Evil Dead$21,268-87%58-150$367$54,111,6328Sony / TriStar
28Space Station 3D$18,825-4%121$1,569$87,912,172580IMAX
29From Up on Poppy Hill$18,150-6%24-7$756$959,47711GKIDS
30Silver Linings Playbook$17,734-62%35-96$507$132,071,15028Weinstein Company
31The English Teacher$14,208137%75$2,030$22,5992Cinedigm
32No (2013)$13,867-19%23-15$603$2,306,13415Sony Pictures Classics
33Under the Sea 3D$12,140-3%13-2$934$32,975,070224Warner Bros. / IMAX
34Admission$11,835-75%26-103$455$17,992,01210Focus
35Dead Man's Burden$11,1473881%32$3,716$22,0694Cinedigm
36Augustine$10,394-24%4-1$2,599$31,3382Music Box Films
37Life of Pi$10,156-66%26-25$391$124,885,43527Fox
38A Pig Across Paris (2013 re-issue)$9,997--1--$9,997$9,9971Rialto Pictures
39Not Today$9,802-32%5-1$1,960$194,8827Freestyle Releasing
40The Painting (2013)$8,179363%65$1,363$15,1433GKIDS
41Go Goa Gone$8,173-85%920$89$295,4143Eros International
42Venus and Serena$7,883-9%81$985$35,6143Magnolia Pictures
43Deep Sea 3D$7,87811%51$1,576$45,564,301378Warner Bros. / IMAX
44To the Wonder$7,045-39%16-10$440$547,4037Magnolia Pictures
45Lore$6,819-53%6-7$1,137$919,04316Music Box Films
46Deceptive Practices: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay$6,724-31%32$2,241$75,2586Kino Lorber
47Emperor$6,55644%81$820$3,333,70212Roadside Attractions
48Free the Mind$6,480-7%6-3$1,080$46,2044International Film Circuit
49Leviathan (2013)$6,349--3--$2,116$65,04013Cinema Guild
50Safe Haven$6,034-78%36-54$168$71,345,16115Relativity Media
51Something in the Air$5,923-29%101$592$64,9804IFC Films
52Home Run$5,442-88%10-76$544$2,843,2246IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
53A Green Story$5,416--4--$1,354$6,8111Indican Pictures
54Trance$5,310-59%11-12$483$2,309,4298Fox Searchlight
55An Oversimplification of Her Beauty$5,097--4--$1,274$33,9315Variance Films
56Ain't In It for My Health: A Film About Levon Helm$4,505134%84$563$39,4516Kino Lorber
57One Track Heart: The Story of Krishna Das$4,334362%31$1,445$24,3423Zeitgeist Films
58The Gatekeepers$3,712-49%10-28$371$2,400,83017Sony Pictures Classics
59Searching For Sugar Man$3,6212%60$604$3,672,70744Sony Pictures Classics
60A Wedding Invitation$3,183--2--$1,592$3,1831CJ Entertainment
61The Silence$2,46327%42$616$89,17612Music Box Films
62Pieta$2,352-62%5-7$470$12,9942Drafthouse Films
63Sightseers$2,321-71%2-3$1,161$25,8193IFC Films
64Girl Rising$2,130526%6326$34$1,287,66512Gathr Films
65No Place on Earth$1,880-18%3-4$627$149,6988Magnolia Pictures
66Hava Nagila (The Movie)$1,722-75%3-6$574$321,13913International Film Circuit
67King's Faith$1,436-68%2-7$718$74,1675Waking Giants Entertainment
68Arthur Newman$1,428-14%3-1$476$207,1465Cinedigm
69The Man Who Shook the Hand of Vicente Fernandez$1,405--1--$1,405$8,26425Indican Pictures
70Sound City$1,393--2--$697$414,93317Variance Films
71Shootout at Wadala$1,192-87%890$13$369,3104Eros International
72Bert Stern: Original Mad Man$1,163244%1-1$1,163$31,2668First Run Features
73Post Tenebras Lux$1,022--1--$1,022$21,4324Strand Releasing
74Paradise: Love$549--3--$183$20,7005Strand Releasing
75Kiss of the Damned$458-51%2-3$229$12,9834Magnolia / Magnet
76Tai Chi Hero$276-77%1-1$276$30,8305Well Go USA
77The Ghastly Love of Johnny X$250-72%1-1$250$2,43631Strand Releasing
7856 Up$200-58%10$200$695,57121First Run Features